Malawi President Sacks Top Officials Over Covid Funds Embezzlement

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has fired senior officials including labour minister Ken Kandodo over alleged embezzlement of Covid funds.

The president said the action followed an audit he had commissioned into the spending of $7.8m for Covid response.

He said there would be “no sacred cows” noting that more than a dozen senior officials implicated in the audit report, including in his office and the cabinet, had already been arrested.

The president in a televised address to the nation, promised there would be more arrests within the civil service.

The labour minister has been accused of diverting 613,000 Malawian Kwacha of the covid funds to pay for travel expenses to South Africa.

The president noted that while the minister had repaid the funds, it meant the money was not there when it was needed most.

Meanwhile police in Malawi have confirmed the arrest of 19 people suspected to have misused Covid-19 funds – including officials from the president’s office and the cabinet

Malawi has so far recorded more than 33,000 cases of Covid-19 and 1,138 deaths.

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